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February 2024 MAA Meeting: Beech Leaf Diseases - Management Efforts & Lessons Learned

  • Tuesday, February 27, 2024
  • 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • The German Club, Route 109, Walpole MA
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  • Sponsors are allotted 2 complimentary tickets to the event and are provided with a 6' table for displaying items. Distributing literature, "swag", raffling an item or providing a complimentary drink ticket is permitted. MAA will be in touch about your plans for the evening.

    Sponsorship is non-exclusive.

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED so we may prepare for the meeting.  

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Beech Leaf Disease (BLD) has been found in 90 Massachusetts communities since it was first discovered in 2020.  Caused by a mysterious nematode, BLD is fast becoming a top concern in arboriculture today. Dr. Matthew Borden and the team at Bartlett have been at the forefront of BLD management trials for several years, learning from both impressive failures and the first exciting successes.  He will address the biology and life cycle of the nematode pest, as well as how to best approach possible management strategies.

CEUS:  2 MCA Education; ISA; NE Pesticide


4:30 PM - 5:30 PM   Registration and networking
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM   Educational presentation
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM   Dinner and Networking


Dr. Matthew Borden
Plant Pathologist
Bartlett Tree Experts

Matt is a plant pathologist at the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories in Charlotte, NC. He has practical experience in orchard and botanical garden pest management, plant problem diagnostics, and writing for horticulture magazines. He gained a deep appreciation for integrated pest management while at Virginia Tech, followed by studies in landscape health and sustainable management strategies at the University of Florida.


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